Post # 1
Hey bees… my elbows are so insanely dry that I can’t even handle it anymore. I’ve tried a ton of moisturizing lotions and I’m using one with coacoa butter now, but ten minutes after I apply it I’m back to square one! The skin on my elbows is rough and sharp and pinkish white (err, well moreso than my usual pinkish white anyway lol) and they really hurt/itch from being so dry!
I normally don’t have dry skin at all, but over the past 4 months or so I’ve been getting small patches of dry skin that go away in about a week on their own. I’ve never really been one to use a lot of skin products at all, so I’m totally at a loss for what to do! I’m just really irritated about these stupid elbows!
PS I’m 22 and I live in NC, so it’s probably not fluctuating hormones or the weather!
Post # 3
I get that too. Gold bond lotion works for me. Sometimes it takes a few day but it works the best of all the products I’ve used.
Post # 4
Have you thought about your diet at all? One of my friend had really bad skin on his elbows (verging on open sores) – doctor discovered he drank lots of fizzy drinks and advised him to cut them all out. A few weeks later, the dry skin had totally cleared up!
Obviously I have no idea of your diet, but worth having a good look at it. I find my skin is much better when I have oily fish at least 3 times a week.
Post # 5
How much water do you drink?
I used to be a terrible water drinker – maybe 500mls per day – but 2 years ago I started drinking 3+ litres each day and my dry heels, knees, elbows and random dry patches disappeared.
I haven’t had dry skin since.
Post # 6
I actually love gold lotion too – that and I do very occasionally use baby oil. I do not swear by it but both my FI and I think it absorbs a little differently. The one thing that I do also love is parafin – I was having a bad time with my hands and they did that and it was magical.
Post # 7
@Miss Fish: I have eczema so I have dry skin everywhere.
I use VaniCream which is a lotion you can get at Walgreens or most pharmacies. You do not need a prescription for it and can get a big tub for around ten dollars.
I use bag balm when my dry skin gets REALLY bad. Both will probably cure your dry skin quickly but vanicream isn’t oily or smelly 🙂
Post # 8
Do you lean on your elbows a lot? I had the same thing happen to me, and it took me a while to figure out that I was having a reaction to the cleaner I used on my desk.
Post # 9
Get thee a tub of extra virgin coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer in the winter and it’s a miracle. Takes a little while to soak in, but it’s great. Also the Neutrogena “norweigan” hand cream works extremely well for extra dry spots.
Post # 10
@Miss Fish: go to the nearest health food store and get 100% cold press coconut oil (If you find organic it is a plus). coconut oil is initial hard at room temperature but will liquidfy once you place it on your hand. Rub this on you elbows for a couple days and you should be good. I literally love pure coconut oil. The best is when I figured out it was the best eye make up remover. Removes everything and does not sting your eyes. I also use it once a week as a leave in conditioner for my hair. Best part is that it is natural and relatively cheap!
Post # 11
I swear by plain, ol’ cheap vasaline for really rough, dry, cracked skin. I put it on my feet a few times a week druing the winter and it works better than any other lotion based cream I ever tried. I usually wear socks to be those nights to prevent it from getting all over the sheets. So maybe wear an old long sleeve tshirt so it doesn’t get all over your bed.
Post # 12
Maybe it is the weather- my skin always gets really dry in winter, and is totally better in summer. For now, lots of moisturiser (like Shea butter), and drinks lots of water.
ETA Oops, just reread, that sounds like eczema, see you doctor for some betamethasone cream.
Post # 13
I use Eucerin with lactic acid in it. I think Amlactin would do the trick as well. You need something that will really penetrate the dryness and stay there. An oil-based cream.
Post # 14
Hydrous emulsifying ointment works wonders! You can get it behind the counter at a pharmacy.
Post # 15
Before you apply any creams, oils or lotion, use a pumice stone in the shower to get rid of the dead, dry, rough skin.
Post # 16
Coconut oil is truly a heavy-duty moisturizer. No lotion or cream comes close, and believe me, I have tried them all! My skin gets really, really dry. I finally had someone recommend coconut oil to me last year, and now I don’t use anything else. It is the best.